Shooting an outcome of gang rivalry
Five persons were injured after three men opened fire at an under-trial inside the Ghaziabad court complex on Thursday morning.
Police said the shooting was an outcome of gang rivalry between Udham Singhs group and the Badauria gang. Both gangs are based in Meerut.
Singh,who was to appear in court in connection with a 2006 murder case,was the target,police said. He was shot in the cheek and is admitted in GTB Hospital. His condition was said to be stable.
Among the injured were three men who were in court for a hearing in separate cases. They were identified as Ranga Yadav,Rishipal Sharma and Rambhul Singh.
The PAC personnel fired in retaliation,and one of the attackers,Sachin Tewatia (21),was shot in the waist,police said. Following this,Tewatia and another attacker Parth Pandit (23) surrendered. Yogesh Badauria,the mind behind the attack,fled after he jumped off the first floor of the complex and on to the roof of a car,police said.
According to police,Singh,who was in police custody for the past 11 months,had killed the leader of Badauria gang,Pramod Badauria,in 2006. This deepened the tension between the two gangs.
The rivalry goes back almost 18 years. Udham Singh killed Pramod Badauria in 2006. In 2008,Singh also killed the deputy general manager of Bajaj Sugar Mills,Siddharth Upadhyaya,over a contract. Singh believed that Upadhyaya would give the contract to the Badauria gang, a senior police officer said.
According to police,Yogesh picked Tewatia and Pandit around 6.30 am. They were dressed in lawyers uniform white shirt and black suit which they bought from Meerut. Worried that Singh might recognise him,Yogesh disguised himself with fake beard and moustache. He also put on a pair of spectacles and a cap. They reached the court in Yogeshs white Santro and parked it outside the main gate. They waited till Singh exited the court room and opened fire at him in the corridor on the first floor, Superintendent of Police (City) S S Yadav said.
Police said Singh ran into a court room to evade the bullets,but the three men followed him there.
They fired shots and injured three other persons who were present in court. Constables of Police Armed Constabulary shot one of the attackers. Tewatia and Pandit surrendered after they were cornered. Yogesh escaped and is being tracked, the officer said.
Police said in all around seven rounds were fired one by police. Three guns,of the five that the trio were carrying,have been recovered. One of them is a .315 country-made double bore pistol. The other two are stolen pistols,which policemen use and are manufactured by the Ordinance Factory Board. Singh had killed Pandits uncle two years ago, S S Yadav said. Cases have been registered at the Kavinagar police station.